Edward "Eddie" William Gilletly, Jr., 77, of Sebring, Florida, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021. Eddie was born August 22, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio to Edward and Ruby (Hilterbran) Gilletly. He graduated from Pleasant View Highschool and he worked as a tool and die maker. Eddie worked on the space shuttle for Rockwell International, and later retired from Comau Pico.
In addition to his parents, Eddie is preceded in death by his sister Leona Corwin.
Eddie is survived by his children Tracy Korban, James and Joseph Gilletly; grandchildren Christinia Balser, Shane Mcfall, Bethany Workman, Nathan Gilletly, and Nikki Hamlin; great-grandchildren Ellie, Laken, Greyson, Chloe, Charlie, Jack, and Ari; former wives Sally Reed Gilletly and Candy Mitchell Gilletly; sister Nola Smith; nephew Bradley Corwin; nieces Vicky Martini, Deborah Shepherd and Darla King.
Eddie enjoyed farming, fishing, flying airplanes, boating with his friend Gary, exploring caves and rock climbing with his friend Jimmy. He also loved motorcycle riding and his ‘57 Chevy convertible. Eddie had numerous friends over the years that all agree “he was a good man.” He loved the Florida sunshine and farming the fields with his dad.
Gone Fishing by Dalmar Pepper
I’ve finished life’s chores assigned to me,
So put me on a boat headed out to sea.
Please send along my fishing pole
For I’ve been invited to the fishin’ hole.
Where every day is a day to fish,
To fill your heart with every wish.
Don’t worry, or feel sad for me,
I’m fishin’ with the Master of the sea.
We will miss each other for awhile,
But you will come and bring your smile.
That won’t be long you will see,
Till we’re together you and me.
To all of those that think of me,
Be happy as I go out to sea.
If others wonder why I’m missin’
Just tell ’em I’ve gone fishin’.
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